While the Brooklyn Nets deal with Kevin Durant's trade request, they are also making moves to tweak their roster. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, they have acquired Utah Jazz forward Royce O'Neale in exchange for a 2023 first-round draft pick.
The Nets are acquiring the Jazz's Royce O'Neal in a trade for a 2023 first-round pick, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2022
Andy Larsen of The Salt Lake Tribune reports that this trade has been in the works for a few days now, so it likely does not play into the Durant request to be traded from the Nets.
2022 NBA free agency officially begins in a few hours yet the day has already been turned upside down. Durant's request will lead to one of the biggest trades in league history, as he is still under contract for four more seasons. Every player on Brooklyn's roster is available for trade but their first move of the day is to add a key depth piece.
O'Neale is a typical 3-and-D player. The 29-year-old wing averaged 7.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game while shooting 38.9 percent from deep with the Jazz. He should be a solid starter for the Nets no matter what their roster looks like this season and is under contract for two more seasons.
Brooklyn has their own 2023 first-round pick as well as the Philadelphia 76ers' pick. They will send Utah the lesser of their pick in return. The Houston Rockets technically have swap rights for that pick but will almost certainly keep their own selection. So, the Jazz will likely be receiving a pick somewhere in the 20-25 range in next year's draft.